Fact Sheet: The Individual Development Program


Fact Sheet: The Individual Development Program

The Individual Development Program, begun in the late 1960s, was developed to meet the needs of the women of that period after it was determined that public speaking, presentation skills and leadership skills would benefit women in their career fields. It has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of women but the core of the program remains with a communications and public speaking focus. Today, it is a flexible program that can be molded to the needs of the participants under the arm of BPW Foundation.

The first part of the ID program contains 14 modules, and requires approximately 15-16 hours of training and presentation time. The following topics are included: public speaking, communication skills, interviewing, networking and media training. Sessions are from 2 to 8 hours in a day, with a typical class running from two 8-hour days to 8 weeks. However, the course may be held in other time blocks; that is up to those teaching the course. In any case, the course must be completed before anyone can compete in a Speak-Off at the Region level. The course is taught by volunteers under the guidance of a BPW Member who has completed the course.

The second part of the program involves the selection of an individual to earn the title of BPW/Ohio Individual Development Winner. The ID Program is a Region responsibility however; a local may elect to hold a competition on its level. The winner would represent the local at the Region Competition. The Region must hold a competition to send a candidate to the State competition. There is no road from the local direct to the State competition. The winning Region representative participates in the BPW/Ohio Individual Development Speak-Off on April 14, 2012 at the Leadership Meeting.

The winner of the BPW/Ohio Speak-off will give her speech at the BPW/Ohio State Conference in May.